chicken pulao recipe | how to make chicken pulao recipe

chicken pulao recipechicken pulao recipe with step by step photos – Flavored chicken rice cooked with mild Indian spices.
A chicken pulao is mildly spiced and is not heavy like the chicken biryani. It is best to serve it with a good onion raita or a simple salan.
There are so many ways a pulao is made.  We get to see chicken pulao recipes made with tomato, yogurt, stock and few recipes using coconut milk. I make both the varieties since it is kids friendly and is not loaded with spices. It is also best to serve during summers since no masala powder is used. I have mentioned both the variations in the recipe.

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1. Wash and soak rice for about 20 minutes, if using normal rice soak for 30 minutes. Drain off the water and set aside.

2. Marinate chicken with turmeric, chili powder, salt, ginger garlic paste, 1 tsp oil and then yogurt. You can also add a tsp of good garam masala powder. This is optional. Yogurt makes the chicken tender. If using coconut milk for the recipe, skip using yogurt for marination. Set this aside till we need.

marination with ginger garlic turmeric for chicken pulao recipe

3. Add oil to a pressure cooker or pot. When it turns hot, add dry spices including fennel powder. Saute till the spices begin to sizzle.

frying spices in oil to make chicken pulao recipe

3. Add onions and fry until lightly golden. You can lightly brown them as well.

frying onions till golden for chicken pulao recipe

4. Add ginger garlic paste and fry until the raw smell goes off.

frying ginger garlic paste for chicken pulao recipe

5. Add chicken and fry on a medium flame.

addition of chicken to pan for andhra chicken pulao

6. Chicken should turn white in color and partially soft cooked for about 3 to 4 minutes. Otherwise chicken may turn hard after adding tomatoes.

frying chicken till pale for chicken pulao recipe

7. Add chopped tomatoes. Sprinkle salt and turmeric. Fry till the tomatoes turn mushy, soft and completely cooked.

frying tomatoes till soft to make chicken pulao recipe

8. Add chopped coriander and mint leaves. Stir and fry until the mixture begins to smell good.

frying mint coriander to make andhra chicken pulao

9. Continue to cook till the moisture from tomatoes evaporate.

cooked tomatoes evaporate moisture to make kashmiri chicken pulao recipe

10. Add stock or water or thin coconut milk. Also add salt. We have already added salt to marinate, take care not to add too much.

addition of meat stock for chicken pulao recipe

11. When it comes to a boil, add drained rice.

addition of rice to boiling water for kashmiri chicken pulao recipe

12. Stir and cook till the water almost evaporates. When there is very little water left. Cover and cook on a very low flame till the rice is done.

cooking covered rice and spiced meat to make chicken pulao

13. If cooking in a pressure cooker, cover the lid and cook just for 3 to 4 minutes. I do not let the cooker whistle. If using normal rice, you can allow the cooker to whistle once.

chicken pulao recipe in pressure cooker

14. When the pressure goes off. Remove the lid and leave it for about 5 minutes. Fluff up gently.

fluff up rice after cooking for chicken pulao recipe
Serve pulao with onion raita.
garnishing chicken pulao

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chicken pulao recipe | how to make chicken pulao recipe
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Yield / Serves: 3
Ingredients (240 ml cup used)
To Marinate
  • 250 grams chicken
  • ¾ tsp ginger garlic paste
  • ¼ to ½ tsp red chili powder
  • Generous pinch of turmeric
  • Salt as needed
  • 1 tsp oil (makes the chicken soft)
  • 1 tsp garam masala (optional)
  • 1 ½ to 2 tbsp. Curd / yogurt (if using coconut milk skip this)
dry spices
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Star anise
  • ½ tsp shahi jeera
  • 8 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 black cardamom
  • ¾ tsp. saunf powder
  • 1 strand mace
  • 1 ½ cups rice
other ingredients
  • 1 ½ to 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 large onion thinly slices
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • Salt as needed
  • Pinch of Turmeric
  • Handful of chopped mint/ pudina
  • Few coriander leaves chopped
  • 2 ½ to 2 ¾ cups water or stock or thin coconut milk (refer notes)
  1. Wash rice and soak for 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Marinate chicken with ingredients mentioned under to marinate. Set this aside till we use it. If using coconut milk do not use yogurt to marinate.
  3. Heat a pot or cooker with oil, add spices along with saunf and saute till it begins to smell nice.
  4. Add onions, green chili and fry till lightly golden. Fry ginger garlic paste and fry until the raw smell disappears.
  5. Add marinated chicken and fry until it turns pale and white. This takes around 3 to 4 minutes. Take care not to burn.
  6. Add tomatoes, salt and turmeric. Fry until the tomatoes turn mushy, pulp and looks completely cooked. Add mint and coriander leaves and fry until it smells good for a minute or two.
  7. Make sure tomatoes are cooked, blended well with the mixture, then pour stock or water or thin coconut milk. If your coconut milk is creamy or thick, dilute it with water and measure.
  8. When it comes to a boil, add salt and rice.
  9. cook until the rice is done completely. Towards the end. Simmer the flame and cover the pot. Cook on a low flame for 3 to 5 minutes. Fluff up after 5 minutes
If cooking in a pressure cooker.
  1. When there is very little water left in the cooker (refer the pic), close the lid. Cook on a low flame for 3 to 4 minutes. Off the stove. Do not allow the cooker to whistle. Once the pressure goes off fluff up the rice.
  2. Serve chicken pulao with onion raita.
For the chicken pulao recipe, if using thin coconut milk, do not use yogurt for marination.


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  1. Tasneem says

    This recipe was so simple! As a college going student, with limited stock in the house, me and my friend managed to make this without the dry spices. It was fab!

  2. Afroza says

    looking yumm .I’ll definitely try your recipe .god bless you. thanks for your nice tasty biryani

  3. lahari says

    Hi swasthi,
    I made this for dinner. Very quick and tasty pulav. Hubby liked it so much with ur onion raita. Thanks